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Overview

The Surrey Safeguarding Children Partnership (SSCP) has responsibility for reviewing the deaths of all children who live in Surrey, other than still births or planned terminations that are within the law, through the arrangements of a Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) (Working Together 2018).

The Panel has a fixed core membership drawn from organisations represented on the SSCP with flexibility to co-opt other relevant professionals to discuss certain types of death as and when appropriate. It is chaired by the Deputy Director of Public Health. The panel meets bi monthly to review each death and includes representatives from Public Health, Designated Doctor for Child Deaths, Designated Doctor for Safeguarding Children, Specialist Nurse Child Deaths, Named GP, Police, Children’s Services, Ambulance Service, Education and Specialist Bereavement/Hospice.

The purpose of the child death review process is to collect and analyse information about the death of each child who normally resides in Surrey with a view to identifying any matters of concern affecting the health, safety, or welfare of children, or any wider public health concerns. The overall purpose of the child death review process is to understand why children die, put in place interventions to protect other children, prevent future deaths and to support families.

In order to fulfil its responsibilities CDOP should be informed of all deaths of children, normally resident in the geographical area.

Notification of a child death

CDOP must be notified within 24 hours of a child’s death. As soon as a professional becomes aware of a child death they should notify the Surrey Single Point of Contact by completing and returning a Form A Notification and a Form B Agency Report.